CHANNEL YOUR INNER CARTOGRAPHER WITH MAPSKETCH FROM MAPS101Santa Barbara, CA — [May 8, 2012] — Maps101 has added a brand new feature to its online cross-curricular resource. Map Sketch enables teachers and students to completely customize maps with shading, text, freehand drawing, and a large selection of icons.
The feature has been made available for thousands of map images and offers a simple way to customize them to recommend a specific topic or lesson plan. The final image can then be shared or downloaded as a digital graphic for use in presentations, projects and galleries.
Mapsketch uses HTML5 technology, meaning that it is compatible not only with all PCs but will work on many mobile devices including the Apple iPad. Because it runs in an internet browser it does not require any special software or equipment to run, although HTML5 is supported predominantly by later browsers such as Chrome and Internet Explorer 9.
All of the proprietary maps from the package, including outline maps for every country and a full range of history, political and earth science maps can all be used with Mapsketch. Developers created the product based on teacher consultations carried out during the school year.
Mapsketch not only works as a presentation tool but can also be used for testing and reinforcing K-12 lessons. For example, many teachers use unmarked outline maps and ask students to mark on features such as capital cities and important natural features.
Subscribers can access Mapsketch from the control panel at the base of applicable maps, and non-subscribers can take a test drive through the demonstration site, demo.maps101.com. Schools are encouraged to try out the new tool and provide feedback, and those who submit their own maps by the end of May could be featured in an online gallery and win prizes for their school.
Maps101 is an online, subscription based resource for multiple subjects. Content includes maps, videos, lesson plans, educational games, and atlases for use in History, Earth Science, Geography, Languages and more. Teachers, students and parents of subscriber schools receive unlimited access from any internet connected computer. Maps101 was formed in 1998 as a division of Maps.com. For more information or media appointments contact Stephanie Jensen on 805 699 7507 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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